Arthritis is a common condition in older adults. More than 13 percent of people in the United States have some form of arthritis. They suffer from joint pain that can range from mild to severe. Living with chronic pain can be difficult, but there are many ways you can help ease your aging relative’s joint pain. Here are just 5 things you can do.
#1 Follow the Medication Plan
Talk to the older adult’s doctor about medications that can ease arthritis symptoms. They may recommend over the counter medications, such as oral pain relievers or topical creams. Or, they may suggest a prescription medication. Whatever the doctor recommends, make sure that the senior follows it, taking appropriate doses and sticking to the schedule. It may be obvious that taking too much medication is a bad idea, but it is also a bad idea to take too little. Trying to ignore pain or wait for longer periods of time between dosages can result in more inflammation and joint damage.
#2 Proper Footwear
The right shoes can reduce arthritis pain. The arthritis foundation recommends choosing shoes that are flat, flexible, and have good arch support. In addition to choosing shoes that are helpful for arthritis symptoms, remember to also choose shoes that promote safety and reduce falls, such as close-toed shoes with good traction.
#3 Hot and Cold Packs
Hot and cold packs can ease arthritis pain. Hot packs work by increasing blood flow to the area and making muscles relax. Cold reduces swelling and blocks feelings of pain. Do not apply hot or cold packs to bare skin as they can cause damage. Instead, try wrapping the pack in a towel or applying a heating pad over clothing. Whether heat or cold will work best can depend on the type of arthritis the senior has. Talk to the doctor to find out which is right.
#4 Manage Weight
Excess weight places additional stress on joints. This is especially true if the knees, hips, or feet are affected by arthritis. Losing weight reduces the pressure on joints and improves the older adult’s ability to move. It can also help improve overall health.
#5 Use Elderly Care
Elderly care can help older adults with arthritis to live better, more pain-free lives. Elderly care providers can assist with almost any non-medical task that a family member can. An elderly care provider can allow your aging relative to rest painful joints while they take care of household tasks, like cooking and cleaning. Elderly care providers can also assist with personal care, such as dressing or using the bathroom.
If you or a senior family member are considering hiring Elderly Care in Fair Lawn, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC. In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today (973) 427-3553.
I started my career as an ICU nurse over 30 years ago. I have functioned as an educator and preceptor mentoring new nurses in the clinical arena. I have sat on many Patient Care committees authoring a variety of patient care protocols.
In 2007, I saw an opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care services in the home and founded Caring Solutions Home Care. Over the last 10 years I have functioned as the Director of Nursing overseeing all client care, administrative and personnel operations.